Although we worry about our kids’ Internet use, some teens are extra cautious about their online activity according to a recent CNN article. They’re doing what’s called the “Super-logoff” when, instead of simply signing off Facebook, they completely deactivate their accounts every time they’re offline. This makes them invisible (at least on Facebook) whenever they want. For some kids, even the strongest privacy settings don’t seem to be enough.
While it’s great that these kids are being careful on Facebook, the Super-logoff can defeat the purpose of social networking. When an account is deactivated, no one can post on the user’s wall, tag them in photos, or see their profile. Yes, this method is safe but it’s also an extreme way to protect one’s online reputation. Kids should feel confident and protected on the Internet, and parental controls can help that. By using SocialShield, kids are free to maintain their Facebook accounts and communicate with friends, but know that their parents will be alerted about anything suspicious.
What have you heard about the Super-logoff? How do you protect your kids online?